Human Me

A moment in time by Marshall Byers

There is something calming and peaceful watching it rain laying on my bunk looking out the window. Little squiggling rivers run down slick smooth thick glass, rain intermittently hits the window making light tapping sounds. I’m cozy warm, safe and feeling reflective.The sidewalks, the wet rainy streets, the shhhh of car tires on the wet …

Rehabilitating Criminals: It Works, So Long As It Involves You by Jeff aka Ruthie Utnage

Rehabilitation has been on the minds of civilization since the 17th century. Michel Foucault’s Discipline and Punish gives us a clear picture of how modern rehabilitation was formed. Christian monasteries were experts on discipline for centuries, they knew how to subjugate the body to obey time and regiment so that every minute of every day …

She Manages to Manage… by Rory Andes

Life inside a prison comes without any amenities, nor should it have any. By the legislative intent for the state of Washington, people are sent to prison as punishment. With this particular brand of punishment, we are also challenged to find ways to live resourcefully. Its been said that if necessity is the mother of …

Dad, I Love You by Marshall Byers

Dad, I’m sitting up late in Clallam Bay, this place is filled with so much hate. Waiting for a haircut. I can’t wait to see you tomorrow. My god is this really where I have to spend the next fifteen years. The guard yells over the loud speaker, Byers! Haircut! Walking out of the unit …

Forget New Years Resolution’s Let’s Do a Vision Board! by Jeff, aka Ruthie Utnage

Hey, I got a challenge for you I created a vision board for 2019. Here’s what I got, I’ll have to describe it since I cannot send you a picture of it. First, its very colorful, on an 8 1/2 x 11 piece of paper, though if I had board stock, it would be on …

Almost There by Marshall Byers

The last few years in prison I’ve been on auto pilot during the holidays, each year I fight with more and more feelings of apathy, and the rollercoaster of past memories. Can anyone relate? I write daily gratitude notes to myself and others, listen and give helpful feed back, share my pain and successes in …

Dear Friends and Family, by Rory Andes

I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Stay safe, stay warm and, most of all, stay the fantastic people that you are. Thank you all for so many things, but mostly thank you for giving me another year of wonderful people in my life. Enjoy the moments together and …

Rehabilitation of Inmates by Jeff (aka Ruth) Utnage

Rehabilitation is one of those topics the public tacitly nods its head to when some “expert” spews statistics in an audibly legible format. Stats get applied to a whole group of people when it couldn’t be further from the truth. Suddenly someone who is completely rehabilitable has stats misappropriated to his or her current state …

Looking Out The Window by Marshall Byers

Silent soft and slow comes the morning glowBirds floating by in the skyMy face pressed against the cold hard prison barsArm and hand outstretchedThe sun warms my soulClouds driftingThe mountainsThe tall and endless mountainsSteep, jagged, deep green and full of lifeWhisper words, hypnotizingDays go byThey just keep going byFading…………fading into the nightThick fog moves inBlack …